Learning Your Child is Deaf

  • "I am so sorry". Don't be.

    I have heard the “I am sorry” comment multiple times throughout Alexandra’s 24 years and every time I want to express that the differences we see in ALL children is by perfect design. Think about how many young children are out their feeling isolated because they are viewed as “different”. Really? Aren’t we all?
  • To implant or not to implant?

    The Questions: Cochlear Implant? No Cochlear Implant? Positives? Negatives? At the time, making this decision was profoundly nerve-racking for me as her mother and virtual single-parent. Like any mother, I wanted to do the absolute right thing by my baby, my daughter.
  • What's the sign for Toilet Paper???

    We were all going to learn sign language, in our case Signing Exact English (SEE). But there were so few resources available; no story books, no games, no characters, nothing to engage a toddler except a Signing Exact English Dictionary – 431 pages of densely-packed signs in alphabetical order. Overwhelmed, we began planning our approach.
  • Happy Birthday Sunshine!

    Alexandra was born on the first day of Spring and has been nicknamed “Sunshine” ever since.
  • I LOVE YOU

    The Single Most important Sign to Know? I Love You.
  • Learning to Communicate

    Shocked and overwhelmed. That’s how we felt when our daughter Alexandra was diagnosed with a severe / profound hearing loss. She was less than a year old.

    When life throws out an unexpected obstacle our primal instincts are to fight or flee. I chose to fight and embraced this challenge as another experience of being a mother.

  • Tympanostomy

    What were you was hoping to understand from the Tympanostomy?   And so we began our journey. We wanted to know about Alexandra’s ear health and hop...
  • Sunshine

    When did you realize that something wasn’t “normal”? Alexandra was born on the first day of Spring and has been nicknamed “Sunshine” ever since. ...
  • How do you know when your child is deaf or hearing impaired?

    “How did you find out your daughter couldn’t hear?” That usually the first question people ask when they find out that my daughter, Alexandra, is deaf.

    The answer is, we didn’t know. We didn’t know until she was 11 months old. You can see their eyes widen in alarm and disbelief. You think to yourself...